15/05/2019

New Policing Hub Wins Prestigious Design Award

 Cleveland Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner have scooped a prestigious design award for the new state-of-the-art policing hub in Hemlington.

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The Cleveland Community Safety Hub was given the design through innovation accolade at the RICS awards in Newcastle, beating over 40 of the region’s projects.

The news comes as figures are released that show that over 89,000 emergency incidents have been dealt with from the multi-million pound hub since it became operational in July 2018.

The hub houses the control room for emergency and non-emergency calls, specialist intelligence officer, analysts, senior officers and the Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner. It also hosts meeting rooms named after local landmarks, a wellbeing room and space for partner agencies.

The building can flex from being an office environment one day, to a base for a multi-agency response to a major incident. Recently, the hub housed a training exercise for partner agencies, with people commenting on its distinct benefits.

Esh Build, Arcadis and McBains were commended for using local materials to reflect Teesside’s industrial heritage – a stipulation of PCC Barry Coppinger, who also ensured that apprenticeships were created for local people.

PCC Barry Coppinger said: “This is a massive boost for everyone involved. We always planned for this to be an award-winning building, but much more than just bricks and mortar; it was designed and developed with local people, police and partner agencies in mind.

“I ensured that local people benefited from the build and that the building delivered good value for money and I’m pleased that this was recognised by the judges.”

“The Community Safety Hub will be a legacy and investment for future generations.”

Chief Constable Richard Lewis said: “In my first week working from the Community Safety Hub I’ve seen that it’s our people that bring this award-winning building to life and that they are the fabric of the hub.

“The wellbeing room is a calming space from the pressures and challenges of modern day policing and new technology allows us to work more efficiently and effectively with partner agencies to keep communities safe. The project team has done a fantastic job in creating the right space for delivering great policing.”